Darrell Hamilton

Chief of Police

Chief Darrell W. Hamilton is a life long resident of Cecil County born and raised in the Town of Elkton, MD.  He served his country in the Air Force enlisting in 1972 until 1977 as a Law-Enforcement Specialist.  After his tenure in the Armed Forces he applied for and was hired as a Police Officer in the Town of North East on March 7, 1977.  In the summer of 1978 he was appointed to the Chief of Police for the Town’s small police department.

To date, many positive and progressive changes have occurred within the Agency, due to a proactive Town Administration, and police leadership to that end. In 1991 a new police station was constructed and currently houses 10 full time officers and 1 civilian personnel to serve our Town.

The Agency’s commitment to serve North East is evident in its accomplishments and goals met. The D.A.R.E. Program was implemented in 1992 and other programs Chief Hamilton credits to better serve the citizens such as serving on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club, Safe School Steering Committee, Human Resources, Cecil Partnerships, Family Violence Council, and S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Lawmen together). Chief Hamilton also serves on the following committees, Homeland Emergency Response, Special Olympics, Neighborhood Youth Panel, Christmas Parade, Salute to Veterans, Legal Law Review, Triathlon, and Communications.

James Just


Serving as a police officer with the North East Police Department for the past 27 years, I assist with administrative tasks, general supervision of subordinate, in addition to answering calls for service, conducting patrol, and criminal investigation duties. I have completed training in the following areas: supervision, administrative, Uniform Crime Reporting, crisis negotiation to name a few. I assume command in the absence of the police chief. I am the liaison between the police department and both Timberbrook and Courts of Mallory communities.

I enjoy being a police officer and having an opportunity to serve the community.

Russell A. Merritt

First Sargent

Police officer for a total of 41 years.

Duties: supervise patrol division and assist when needed, scan over open investigations and give assistance when needed, on weekends conduct foot patrol in the business community answering questions from the merchants and assisting visitors to town when necessary.

Thomas Daniels


I am a North East native.  After high school graduation I enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Law Enforcement Specialist.  After being Honorably Discharged in 1989 I joined the North East Police Dept.  I started the Police Departments D.A.R.E program in 1992 and served in that role for six years.  I am also a Police Firearms Instructor and Police General Programs Instructor.  I enjoy the people aspect of Policing and look forward to being able to help people through difficult times.

Dennis R. Wood


A total of 35 years of police experience and training with 15 of those years being with North East Police Department.

Numerous trainings and certifications from a previous 20 year career in law enforcement including Police Firearms Instructor, Police General Courses Instructor, Use of Force Instructor, Criminal Investigations, etc. Other training received while working at NEPD is a Preliminary Breath Test Instructor and training in the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, Terrorism Response Tactics, Active Shooter Level I program.

Every day I use this training and experience to better serve and protect the residents of the town of North East.

Michael S. Hickey


North East police officer for over seven years.

Certifications: firearms instructor, defensive tactics instructor, RADAR/LIDDR instructor, O.C. spray instructor.

Duties: patrol the town, handle complaints that may arise, investigate crimes, serves the public.

Bilton Morgan


I started my police career in 1984 joining the United States Marine Corps and serving as a Corrections Specialist until September 1988 were I was honorably discharged and joined the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office. During the 18 1/2 years with the Sheriff’s Office I worked in many capacities achieving the rank of Sergeant when I retired in March of 2006.  I have numerous training certifications including Homicide Investigation, Certified Child Abuse Investigator, Criminal Investigation, Evidence Detection and Collecting etc. I am still a Certified Firearms Instructor and assist in training both Law Enforcement and Civilians alike in the proper use and technique of Firearms and Firearms Safety. I assist a group of instructors in Hack’s Point that teaches Hunter Safety Classes in the spring and fall. I joined the North East Police Department in September of 2007 and serve in many capacities here also. I am a Firearms Instructor and also assist in teaching In-Service Classes. I work the Criminal Patrol Division answering calls for service, investigating any and all crimes committed in the jurisdiction of North East and do all follow up investigations. We handle all traffic accidents, assist in Community Policing Efforts and do property checks of all businesses and privately owned residences on a daily basis.

I joined the Law Enforcement Field with the hope of being able to help provide a safer more secure community to live in. I like to think that every day we make a difference and achieve that goal.  I love serving the citizens of North East and the surrounding community and consider it a privilege to wear this uniform every day.

Annette L. Goodyear


Corporal Goodyear has been with NEPD for more than seven years, she was the first female officer in the department. She is the Narcan and Live Scan (fingerprinting) coordinator for the department.

Duties Include: Patrol, handling of complaints, community activities, arrest and warrant service, investigations, report writing, traffic details, special assignments, handling of controlled dangerous substances and paraphernalia, and maintaining log books.

I became an officer because I wanted to help people and if I make a difference for just one person I have done a great thing. I love the job I do and I work with a great group of officers.

Stephen Yates


North East Police Officer for over 12 years.

My responsibilities are: I have been the department’s DARE officer for the last nine years, I’m also the Taser trainer and Coordinator, Accident report (ACRS) trainer and coordinator, Live Scan trainer, Field Training Officer (for new officers).

My duties include: handling complaints for service while working a rotating shift paroling the Town of North East, assisting allied police and fire agencies working  special details.

John Fakner

Police Officer

Police officer with the North East Police Department for over a year.

Previously worked as a police officer for three years in Baltimore City’s South East District.

Currently holds a Bachelors of Science from California University of PA and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University.

I became a police officer because it’s a career where I feel I can make a difference and where you never have two days that are the same. Every day is a new adventure and I am happy to protect and serve for the Town of North East.

Mario Caracas

Police Officer

Started with the North East Police Department on 8/12/15. Previously I spent 2 years as a Police Officer in Baltimore City. Before my career in law enforcement I worked in the insurance and banking industries. I have always enjoyed volunteering my time and thought the best way to give back to the community was to become a Police Officer.

Duties include: Patrol the town, handle miscellaneous complaints, traffic detail on various occasions and special events, and assist with community activities and special events.